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Initial post: Dec 5, 2011 6:35:38 PM PST
M. Loughry says:
I would like to get my mother, who has no computer, and thus no Amazon account, a Kindle for Christmas. I am also getting one for myself so I am trying to figure out if it's okay to have several registered to your account. Will this cause confusion?

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 6:36:35 PM PST
Artist says:
Yes, you can have an unlimited number of Kindles and Kindle apps registered to the same account.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 6:38:37 PM PST
No confusion at all. You can even name them M's Kindle and Mom's Kindle if you want.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 6:42:28 PM PST
Danon says:
I have 7, bought then for my daughters, their hubbys and 1 grandchild - I have 2 for myself as I couldn't resist the new touch. Lol. This way we all have access to all the books. Just love it!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 7:36:20 PM PST
S. Prewitt says:
How do you keep the other people on your account from buying books etc. from their Kindles using your credit card info? (Perhaps accidentally.)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 7:41:44 PM PST
Danon says:
They are my family and not once has anyone bought a book w/o my permission. It is a chance you take tho. If they want books they can purchase gift card but that won't stop them from accessing the account if they are so inclined.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 8:41:35 PM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
S., you work out the agreement with everybody.

You have seven days to "return" a Kindle store book for a refund. So, if somebody violates the agreement, you can return the book...and even boot them off the account, if you wanted.

We are all family on my account...never been a concern.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 9:04:41 PM PST
S. Prewitt says:
Bufo, my concern is with my elderly mother. She doesn't know computers very well, and she can't remember agreements (or anything else) very well.

She doesn't have her own credit card. But if I put her on my Kindle account, I'm worried that she might accidentally purchase books, or half-price spa visits, or whatever, w/o understanding what she's doing. Amazon could make my life and her's easier by allowing me to specify that her Kindle can't be used for any purchases. (If she really wants a book, I'd prefer that she call me and ask me to buy it for her.)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 9:27:33 PM PST
 Ann says:
In this case, you could purchase and download books for your mother, then deregister her Kindle from your account. When she's ready for more books, you can re-register it and send the books. She'll be able to read whatever books you've sent to her, but won't be able to make new purchases or download anything from the archives.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011 5:41:12 AM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
I understand, S.

Right now, we aren't able to define a Kindle as non-purchasing. I wasn't addressing your mother's situation mother is sharper than I am on a lot of this. :)

If you mother did buy a book by mistake, you could return it within seven days, so you would need to monitor your own e-mail.

Buying the spa visit won't happen (or other local offers). Those are sent to the Kindle, but redeemed through the that passes through you first.

The reflective screen Kindles are a great reading experience, and easy to hold and use. The Kindle Fire, coupled with the Kids Place app, would let you prevent her from getting on the internet (so no purchases), but you would have to have your hands physically on the device to allow books to be downloaded to it. If you saw her, say, once a week (or a month, depending on how many you put on there), you could download books for her.

I would go with a reflective screen Kindle. Unless she is trying to shop on it, it's not that easy to order books by mistake, and easy to get a refund if it does happen.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 5:36:12 PM PST
Kelly Todd says:
Where do you change the names? I am getting Kindle Fire's for my twin boys for Christmas and right now each one comes up with my name.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 5:45:40 PM PST
Cassie Anne says:
Through the Manage Your Kindle page. Click Your Account at the upper right of this page. Or you can probably change the names from the devices themselves. I don't have a Fire, but I can (and have) changed the name of my e-ink Kindle using the device.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 6:08:16 PM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
Kelly, they are going to be on your account, right?

Cassie is's at


Manage Your Devices

Then, click where it says


next to the name of the device.

You can deregister a Kindle from the device, but I don't think you can change the display name there...unless you go to the MYK site on it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 6:14:30 PM PST
Lisa Thayer says:
You can have up to 6 kindles on one account. My whole book club is on one account!!

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 6:22:37 PM PST
Bixillarla says:
Lisa you can have more than 6 kindles per account. Most ebooks however can only be downloaded to 6 devices at a time.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 6:37:20 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 11, 2011 6:37:43 PM PST
Yes, you can have an unlimited number of devices. I currently have 11 on mine. It's just the number that can have the same book simultaneously that is usually restricted.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 4:40:29 AM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
Just to amplify:

You can have an unlimited number of devices registered to one account.

There is a limitation (set by the publisher on each title) as to how many of those devices can have a specific book licensed at the same time. That's called the "Simultaneous Device Licenses". Unless it says otherwise on the book's Amazon product page, that number is six. Some books have fewer, some are unlimited.

You could have 100 people using the same account and all read the same book for one purchase price. You just (usually) couldn't have all of them reading it at the same time.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2011 4:51:04 AM PST
S. Warfield says:
Chai, I have two Kindles presently, but have a Fire for my son for Christmas and one for myself, and I'm curious as to how you like the touch Kindle. I'm so tempted...
They're all going on my account, too.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2011 4:52:36 AM PST
S. Warfield says:
S. Prewitt, can others on the account add a credit card to the account and use their own?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2011 5:29:57 AM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
S, since payment for Kindle books is done through 1-click, there can only be one credit card at a time. You could switch it between purchases, but that's awkward...and would mean that the other users would need to have the password for your account.

However, the others can buy books as gifts (that's easy to do...that's what one person on our account does). They can also buy gift cards to be applied to the account.

The gifting thing works very well. The only disadvantage is that the gift giver doesn't get the book in sixty seconds. The "Manager" of the account has to acknowledge an e-mail that they get first. That hasn't been a problem for us, though.

As to the Touch: that's my main EBR (E-Book Reader) right now, and I've had all of the Kindles except the DX. It doesn't do landscape, and I have a wi-fi only model...but I do mostly read on that one.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 11:15:16 AM PST
S. Warfield says:
Thanks, BC. Very helpful.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 11:27:55 AM PST
Sunshine says:
My mom is on my account - through Amazon I have her credit card number, my credit card number, and my dh's credit card number - so we purchase gift cards, I have the time, and read my emails, so I keep track of the purchases (so far we are quite satisfied with all the Free books! and have only purchased around a dozen best sellers, and probably twice that thanks to the discounted book thread here!)

I keep track and just add to the gift card balance by clicking that option - I am then able to tell amazon which credit card I want to put the gift card balance from - easy peasy!

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 9:16:02 PM PST
Penny Wise says:
I have 2 Kindle devices and 1 Android on my account. I am trying to download a book from the public library to just one Kindle. All devices have different names attached. When I download, 2 of the devices are bold so I can open them but the device I really want to use I am unable to open. What am I doing wrong? Do I have to deactivate and put it on a different account?

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 3:50:42 PM PST
How does this work with the lending library? I just got a kindle e-reader for Christmas and my husband already has a Fire on his Prime account. My amazon account is not a prime account, so I want to register my kindle on his account in order to access the lending library. My question is this: If I borrow a book from the lending library, does that prevent my husband from borrowing a book while I have one checked out? Is it only 1 book at a time, period, no matter who's device it's on, or is it 1 book per device at a time?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2011 4:02:41 PM PST
Cassie Anne says:
It's one book at a time, period, no matter whose device it's on. But, I believe you can d/l the book to two devices at the same time, so you and your husband can both read the book. Or you can alternate months. If you get a book now (in December) you can get another book in January.
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